KSRelief steps up humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

KSrelief field teams periodically carry out inspections to follow up on the center’s projects in various countries.
Updated 22 May 2018
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KSRelief steps up humanitarian assistance in Myanmar

  • KSRelief donated $300,000 to the hospital for the equipment
  • The plight of Rohingya Muslims is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, with more than 705,000 risking death to leave by sea or on foot since August 2017

RIYADH: The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) has increased humanitarian efforts providing food and medical assistance to the victims of human rights abuses in Myanmar.
Azzam Obaid, a media adviser at KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh, told Arab News on Monday that KSRelief distributed food baskets to needy families in the villages of Arakan province in Myanmar.
Rohingya Muslims, representing the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, live in Rakhine state.
The food basket distribution comes within the framework of humanitarian projects carried out by KSRelief for distressed people in a number of countries including Myanmar.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Moallem, director for health and environment aid at KSRelief, told Arab News that a medical team from the center visited Myanmar and assessed the requirements of the hospital in Yangon, which provides medical services to all in need.
“A specialized medical team by the order of King Salman traveled to Myanmar to provide medical assistance, mainly equipment to the Islamic charity hospital,” said Al-Moallem, adding that the team visited to see the reality on the ground, interact with staff and return an assessment.
KSRelief donated $300,000 to the hospital for the equipment.
The medical team’s visit was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Saudi Embassy in Myanmar. KSrelief field teams periodically carry out inspections to follow up on the center’s projects in various beneficiary countries around the world.
The plight of Rohingya Muslims is said to be the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, with more than 705,000 risking death to leave by sea or on foot since August 2017. They are fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh after the destruction of their homes.
The UN described the offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”


‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

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‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

  • The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25
  • The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential

RIYADH: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has revealed the program for a high-profile gathering of global leaders, business chiefs and innovators in Riyadh next week.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25 with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde among those scheduled to take part.

More than 150 speakers from 140 different organizations have confirmed their attendance for the event which was hosted for the first time a year ago and was quickly dubbed “Davos in the Desert” — a reference to the annual World Economic Forum hosted each year in the Swiss resort.

The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential.



“FII is a global platform focused on identifying future economic trends and opportunities, defining the future of industries and discussing how investment can contribute to overall global prosperity and development,” the PIF, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, said on Monday.

“Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world is undergoing a period of large-scale economic and technological transformation. FII will convene global leaders, investors and innovators to discuss how businesses, governments and global institutions can work together to drive long-term growth and prosperity.”

The next installment of FII will include a panel called “One World” — a look at how leaders from business and government develop a collective vision for the future.

Other sessions cover digital currencies, capital flows, market drivers, immersive technology, sustainability and giga-projects such as NEOM, the vast development announced at last year’s FII.